December 28, 2011 RSS feed / World

N. Koreans salute, cry for late leader Kim Jong Il

PYONGYANG, North Korea (AP) — North Korea’s next leader escorted his father’s hearse in an elaborate state funeral on a bitter, snowy day today, bowing and saluting in front of tens of thousands of citizens who wailed and stamped th More...

Preventive care: It’s free, except when it’s not free

CHICAGO — Bill Dunphy thought his colonoscopy would be free. His insurance company told him it would be covered 100 percent, with no copayment from him and no charge against his deductible. More...

Missing Ind. girl found dead, babysitter arrested

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Soldier shot at homecoming in critical condition

LOS ANGELES   A soldier who survived a suicide bombing attack in Afghanistan continues to fight for his life after he was critically wounded at his Southern California homecoming party.  More...

North Korea: Economic accords discussed with South delegation

PYONGYANG, North Korea ( AP) — A South Korean mourning delegation returned home today after meeting with North Korea’s next leader, who has rapidly gained prominence since his father’s death.  More...

U.S. weighing request for Yemen’s leader

HONOLULU ( AP) — The Obama administration is considering whether to allow Yemen’s outgoing president into the United States for medical treatment, as fresh violence and political tensions flare in the strategically important Middle Easter More...

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Twin explosions shake Syrian capital   DAMASCUS, Syria (AP) — Twin explosions shook the heart of the Syrian capital today, and state TV blamed a double suicide car bombing that it said may have been the work of al-Qaida.  More...

Jobless claims keep falling

WASHINGTON (AP) — In the latest sign that the economy is surging at year’s end, unemployment claims have dropped to the lowest level since April 2008, long before anyone realized that the nation was in a recession.  More...

NORAD Santa trackers stand by

Santa already is piling up big numbers on social networking sites this season, so the volunteer Santa trackers at NORAD are bracing for tens of thousands of calls and emails when their operations center goes live on Christmas Eve.  More...

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Man tried driving hurt deer to hospital   GREECE, N. Y. ( AP) — Police say a drunken New York man struck a deer with his vehicle, then tried driving the injured animal to a nearby hospital — for humans.  More...

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Longshot Ron Paul’s rising chances in Iowa   SAN ANTONIO ( AP) — Ron Paul wants to legalize pot and shut down the Federal Reserve. More...

How to avoid costly surprises

Experts offer the following tips for avoiding surprise medical bills for preventive care:  — Call your insurance plan — the 800-number on the back of your insurance card — to find out whether the plan must comply with the Affor More...

Lawyer says soldier-shooting client was attacked

SAN BERNARDINO, Calif. (AP) — The lawyer for the 19- year- old California man charged with the attempted murder of an Afghanistan war veteran said his client was under attack when gunfire rang out.  More...

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Bachmann, Perry and Gingrich touring Iowa   DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — Three Republican presidential candidates, each claiming to be the truly conservative alternative to Mitt Romney, are launching bus tours today through this early nominatin More...

Helicopter crash kills 3, puts transplant on hold

MIAMI   A helicopter that was on its way to retrieve a heart for transplant crashed in northern Florida, killing all three on board and leaving the transplant patient having to wait for another organ to become available.  More...

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U.K.’s Prince Philip remains in hospital   LONDON (AP) — Britain’s Prince Philip spent a third night in the hospital as he recovers after treatment for a blocked coronary artery.  More...

Congress hopes to wrap up work today on payroll tax cuts

WASHINGTON ( AP) — Capping a full retreat by House GOP leaders, Congress will convene today in hopes of approving a stopgap measure renewing payroll tax cuts for every worker and unemployment benefits for millions — despite serious opposi More...

Calif. nurses go on strike

OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) — Nurses in California went on strike Thursday — some for the second time in three months — in the latest dispute between nurses and hospital management over health-care costs, staffing levels and sick leave. More...

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Customs leader to leave position   WASHINGTON (AP) — The head of Customs and Border Protection will leave his post at the end of the month.  The agency said Commissioner Alan Bersin told President Barack Obama on Thursday that he inte More...

Roundup nabs $76M in fake goods

MIAMI (AP) — Authorities conducting a six-week counterfeit sweep in three countries seized 327,000 phony items, including fake Hello Kitty clothing and cheap imitation Casio G-Shock sport watches that if legitimate carry suggested retail prices More...